The Egyptian club Al-Ahly will face its Qatari counterpart Al-Duhail, on Thursday evening, at the Education City stadium at the start of the two teams’ journey in the FIFA Club World Cup, which Doha will host from 4 to 11 February.
Al-Ahly’s chances seem great in overcoming Al-Duhail due to the history of the great red team at the level of the African continent, but Al-Duhail will try to exploit the game on its soil to overthrow the Egyptian champion, and the German giants Bayern Munich will be the European champion, waiting for the winner to face him in the semi-finals, where the two clubs dream of facing him in the next round. From the World Cup.
Al-Ahly is the owner of many tournaments on the African continent, as it won 9 times the African Champions League title, but most of its FIFA Club World Cup participation was not with the same strength, as it won only third place in the 2006 tournament, which is the best position the team has reached over the course of its six participations in the tournament. Globalism.
Al-Ahly plays the championship in almost complete ranks, with South African coach Pitso Musimani relying on goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, defenders Ali Maaloul and Badr Bannon, midfielders Mohamed Majdi “Afsha”, Taher Mohamed Taher, Amr Al-Soliya, Hamdi Fathi, Mahmoud Abdel Moneim “Kahraba” and Hussein Al-Shahat, who wished The face of Bayern Munich player Thomas Muller in the semi-final.
The list of Al-Ahly foreigners includes both Moroccan Badr Bannon, Tunisian Ali Maaloul, Mali Aleu Diang, Nigerian Junior Ajay, Zambian Walter Bwalia, and Rami Rabia and Mahmoud Waheed came out of the list due to lack of technical readiness, while Walid Suleiman was accompanied by the mission, but he was excluded from injury.
South African Pitso Musimani took charge last October, following the sudden departure of Swiss Rene Fyler, and the veteran African coach succeeded in completing the African journey by beating Moroccan Wydad Casablanca in the semi-finals, before beating Zamalek to return Al-Ahly to the African gold podium after an absence of 7 Years.
On the other hand, Al-Duhail club enters the match with great ambitions and seeks to exclude Al-Ahly and cross over to a confrontation that will be historic for the Qatari team against the Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, and Sabri Lamouchi, the coach, wants to reach the semi-finals.
Al-Duhail, the Qatari participant in the AFC Champions League, was very shy, and did not reach the world through the AFC Champions League, and it was the most he reached in the quarter-finals despite the great deals and support for the team in recent years.
The Qatari team is participating in the tournament after its seventh crowning in the Qatari League, in the last ten editions, a historic seat in the Club World Cup, and hopes are resting on the team formerly known as “Lekhwiya”, which was born great in the local arena, to register an honorable presence in the World Cup, but his mission will be Complex as he faces the hero of the African continent.
The withdrawal of New Zealand’s Auckland City team had contributed to Al-Duhail crossing the Al-Ahly campaign, and therefore it seeks to exploit that gift and embarrass the Cairo giant, who also aspires to win that match.
Al-Duhail has some distinguished players, especially foreign players, led by Moroccan defender Mehdi Ben Attia, Iranian midfielder Ali Karimi, Brazilian attackers Dudu, Belgian Edmilson Junior, and Kenyan Michael Olunga, and there is also the brilliant star Al Moez Ali, one of the most prominent goalscorers in Qatar. In the past years.